heal africa


You can be your own WCW…
You know you’re beautiful
You know you’re worth
You know despite your flaws you’ve never given up on yourself and who you are and that’s very powerful in my book

It’s perfectly okay to love yourself…. It’s how you are suppose to live …. Because you are just an atom in a larger body but your energy matters and when it’s bad it destroys but when it is good …. It’s heals and that stats within you…
Take pride in yourself and nurture your soul … You can never show love if you don’t know love of self



crystal and mineral specimens

visit my parallel etsy shop for some lovelies


Ok, so I’m not usually one to write a ton with my uploads. This is an exception.

I’ve been reading a book called Half the Sky, written by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, about the marginalization of women across the world and the severe consequences of gender inequalities in developing nations. Much of what is discussed in the book is horrifying and shocking, but it is presented in a way that isn’t abrasive to read, and makes awful situations into opportunities for improvement and change instead of just far away tragedies.

This illustration is a sort of conglomeration of many different stories of rape in Africa (Congo, particularly). Rape in developing countries is a disturbingly common occurrence, especially in areas with social upheaval or rebellion. By showing a girl alone with two doglike threatening shadows approaching, I wanted to draw attention to the predatory nature of the attackers and the isolation of the victim. However, there is also a more literal aspect to the image- one of the stories in the book is about a rape victim who was left alone in a doorless hut to be eaten by hyenas.

I think as first world artists and illustrators we often become entrenched in our own minds and don’t put things in perspective. It’s also hard to imagine that we can really make any difference at all. However, it doesn’t really take much; sometimes we forget that in a world of poverty, small donations actually do impact people, and even if that doesn’t change everything, it helps someone. Personally, I donate $25 a month to a program called Heal Africa that supports a hospital and community development in eastern Congo. And as a first world college student, I can afford it. Seriously. It’s only like 3 hours at my work study job.

Anyways, that’s what’s been on my mind lately.

America - Living on Lies

Right now we live on lies. We subsist on lies, but it’s not really living.
9/11 was an inside job. Bush, Cheney, Rice, Powell, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden.They all know that.

What we need in America is a Truth Commission like they had in South Africa to heal their broken country. We need to put certain people on the stand and we need to be allowed to ask questions. Our country is surely broken as well.

The troops are not protecting us. That is someone’s spin on the day’s news, somebody’s advertising slogan, someone else’s sermon. The troops serve the empire… They kill and plunder for the empire. American bases overseas serve nobody but the empire. The heroes in our country are the protesters, the ones who go face to face with the empire, those in the Plowshares Movement, for one example.

You have to know that Barack Obama knows the whole truth about the 9/11 attacks. He is complicit. He has lied. He has continued the wars everywhere based on a lie. And he knows he is lying. He lied right to our faces on national television when he said that Osama bin Laden had been killed, and buried at sea.

Remember the anthrax letters, which said “Are You Afraid?” Those were
not written with a rock and chisel like Fred Flintstone from the recesses of
some cave in Afghanistan. Those letters came from persons within our own
government. Like a horror movie - and the killer is in the same house with us. These killers are right here, with us and “they” want us to be afraid. We cannot be afraid.

- Jim Fetzer and Mike Palecek - Nobody Died at Sandy Hook - It was a FEMA Drill to Promote Gun Control